Deep Silver Is Shutting Down Its Early Access MOBA, Dead Island: Epidemic

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Deep Silver Is Shutting Down Its Early Access MOBA, Dead Island: Epidemic

Another Steam Early Access game is about to die on the vine. Earlier this month, Undead Labs pulled the plug on the Pokemon-like RPG, Moonrise. Yesterday, Deep Silver announced its zombie-flavored MOBA, Dead Island: Epidemic only has a month left to live.

The announcement was made on the game’s Steam page. “Over the past weeks and months we’ve been evaluating how to proceed with Dead Island: Epidemic and looking towards the future for the game,” the publisher writes. “We’re sad to announce today that we’ve come to the conclusion to cease further development.”

For those still playing, there’s going to be a hefty discount on characters and other items before the game shuts off for good on October 15. Like other free-to-play games offered via Steam’s Early Access program, players were asked to buy a starter pack to get into the testing.

PSA: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Is Free From EA

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PSA: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Is Free From EA

EA’s On the House program has a new offering this morning. Out goes Zuma, and in comes a classic real-time strategy game.

Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 is available for free via EA’s Origin platform. Originally released in 2000 by now-defunct Westwood Studios, the On the House version comes with the Yuri’s Revenge expansion and all of the delicious cheese of live-action cutscenes.

Red Alert and its sequel take place in an alternate timeline in which Soviet Russia attempts a European takeover. Players can assume the roles of the allied forces or play as the Soviets.

Comcept Sneaks In Another Delay For Mighty No. 9, This Time Affecting Trial Version

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Comcept Sneaks In Another Delay For Mighty No. 9, This Time Affecting Trial Version

After the sneaky delay of Mighty No. 9 that was held until after the Red Ash Kickstarter closed, Comcept promised backers that it would ease the delay by offering a trial version. Backers were expecting to have that in their hands yesterday, but Comcept delayed it in obtuse fashion.

The notification of the delay came as a footnote in a September 15 post about a contest on the official website. A backer update hasn’t been issued yet alerting people to the reason they haven’t yet received their promised codes.

“Finally, we know that all of our fans are looking forward to the Special Demo Version we are preparing, and we just ask that you be a little more patient,” Comcept wrote on September 15. “The team is working on it, but some issues popped up regarding the distribution method so there is a good chance it will not be ready to launch by the 15th. We are really sorry for the inconvenience.”

Nintendo Directs Will Resume In The Future

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Nintendo Directs Will Resume In The Future

Following the untimely passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the company has temporarily suspended its fan-focused videos. Nintendo Directs often featured Iwata making announcements and revealing new games, and following his death, it was unclear whether they would continue.

The publisher has confirmed to IGN that it plans to bring back the Nintendo Direct format. However, there are no announcements at this time about timing or who would be leading them.

Nintendo recently named Iwata’s successor, former Nintendo of America president Tatsumi Kimishima. The company also confirmed a reorganization that brings together its EAD and SPD studios, while also giving longtime company leaders Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda advisory “fellow” roles.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1 Has A Release Date, Retail ‘Season Pass Disc’ Coming Soon

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Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1 Has A Release Date, Retail ‘Season Pass Disc’ Coming Soon

The first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode has been dated for digital release. For the first time, Telltale will also be distributing retail “season pass discs” shortly thereafter.

Order of the Stone, the first installment in the five-part saga, will be available worldwide on October 13. Launch platforms include PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac. Apple and Android devices will get their versions on October 15. Wii U and Vita will arrive later.

Telltale usually releases hard copies of their games after all of the episodes have been made available digitally. This time out, a season pass disc enables the developer to do so shortly after the first episode’s release. The disc functions like any other retail disc (you can loan it to friend, for instance). It’ll be available on October 27. Future episodes will be automatically available via update if you go that route.

Remember Dinklebot And The Wizard That Came From The Moon With This Text Tone

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Remember Dinklebot And The Wizard That Came From The Moon With This Text Tone

When we originally published this story on June 30, 2014, we had no idea this since-removed line from Destiny's alpha would become Dinklebot's epitaph. Whether you miss Peter Dinklage's version of the Ghost in earnest or ironically, we wanted to give you another chance to grab this text tone for your iOS and Android devices.

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On Friday, we shared with you the achievement and trophy list for Destiny. In the official Bungie post that made these available, the company also indicated that the voiceover from the alpha would be re-recorded for July’s beta test and again for the final release.

Disturbing Super Mario Maker Level Asks Waluigi To Question His Purpose

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Disturbing Super Mario Maker Level Asks Waluigi To Question His Purpose

What begins as a tricky Super Mario Maker level quickly spirals into a journey of uncomfortable self-reflection for Waluigi.

I'm sure it's not quite what Nintendo had in mind for players to create when it gave players the keys to the Mushroom Kingdom, but it's effective, undeniably creepy, and a reminder that people can get really creative, even with a limited set of tools. You can check out a playthrough of the video below, or if you want to try it out yourself, here's the code: DAF8-0000-0027-7A46

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Rockstar Editor Added To GTA V On PS4 And Xbox One With Latest Update

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Rockstar Editor Added To GTA V On PS4 And Xbox One With Latest Update

As promised, the built-in video editing tools included with the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V are now available for new-gen consoles, alongside a huge list of additional updates.

You can find the full details of the update here. Alongside the Rockstar Editor tools, Freemode Events have been added to GTA Online, and issues like beer hats going missing after downloading GTAV Title Update 1.27 have been fixed. It's a huge list with specific fixes being delivered to specific platforms. Anew collection of Achievements, Trophies, and Steam Achievements have also been added to the game.

For more realted to the Rockstar Editor, check out some of our favorite creations.

Rockstar Responds To BBC's Grand Theft Auto Dramatization With A Pair Of Tweets

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Rockstar Responds To BBC's Grand Theft Auto Dramatization With A Pair Of Tweets

The BBC dramatization of the history of Rockstar Games and Grand Theft Auto with Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton aired tonight, and Rockstar offered up a pair of sarcastic tweets in response.

The documentary stars Radcliffe and Paxton as Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser and outspoken anti-video game attorney Jack Thompson, respectively. Rockstar has been mostly quiet about the film, though it did sue BBC back in May over misuse of the Grand Theft Auto trademark. The suit did not seek to shut down production or otherwise prevent the film from being made.

In its tweets, Rockstar jokingly compares the film to BBC children's shows of the past. Basil Brush is a fox puppet that appeared on children's programming in the early '60s and Rentaghost is a BBC show from the late '70s about a firm that rented out ghosts for various tasks.

Get A Good Look At Luchador Pikachu In Pokkén Tournament

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We've seen the mysterious masked Pikachu before, but this trailer offers an extended look and the electric mouse luchador in action.

Pokkén Tournament – a Pokémon fighting game that has some roots in the Tekken franchise – is coming to Wii U next year. It's actually available in Japanese arcades right now, and may be making its way to North American arcades soon.

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